City of Cranbrook

April 11, 2017

Provincial Disaster Financial Assistance Now Available For Those Affected By Flooding

                                    

Update - April 11, 2017 - Localized Flooding Leads to Coordinated Response

The Regional District of East Kootenay and City of Cranbrook, with support from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, are working cooperatively in response to localized flooding in the Hospital Creek and Jim Smith Creek drainages.

“We are currently experiencing ponding and localized flooding, particularly in the 3rd Street NW area and Leask,” says RDEK Emergency Services Director Travis Abbey. “The residents have been working together with the City and RDEK to create a dirt berm and have been actively sandbagging as water pools in Pop Price park.”

A dirt berm was constructed over the weekend and is being reinforced with additional dirt today. Sand and sandbags have also been dropped off to help residents in the affected area prepare should the water continue to rise. There are currently five homes being directly impacted by water on 3rd Street NW.

The City’s storm water system is at capacity and the water flow is backing up along both Hospital Creek in the King Street area and Jim Smith Creek as it exits Elizabeth Lake. “If you can imagine a bathtub with one drain and a number of hoses filling it, you can get a clear picture of the challenge we are faced with,” adds Abbey. “The City has deployed pumps and Public Works crews have been providing equipment and trucking fill to help keep water at bay; however, it is going to be sometime yet before the system will have the capacity to drain.”

A few homes and at least one business along Jim Smith Creek between Elizabeth Lake and where the creek channel goes under Van Horne Street are experiencing localized flooding. The RDEK is also urging residents along Caldwell Road to move equipment, vehicles and other property to higher ground.

“Elizabeth Lake is rising up to an inch per day right now and it’s important for people to take action now to help protect their property. Things like vehicles, recreational vehicles and other equipment should be moved to higher ground before the water levels rise to the point where access may be difficult or impossible,” says Abbey.

A self-fill sandbag station remains open at the City of Cranbrook Public Works yard on Cobham Avenue. A self-fill sandbag station has also been set up at Centennial Hall in Kimberley for residents wishing to prepare their properties or concerned about high water levels.

In March, the Province announced it had approved Disaster Financial Assistance for the entire East Kootenay. This week, Emergency Management BC announced it has extended the event’s date range to include the time period from March 5 – April 10, 2017. Both the City and RDEK have application forms available on their websites and at their main offices in Cranbrook.


For more information: Travis Abbey
RDEK Emergency Services Coordinator

250-489-2791

 

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April 10, 2017 - MESSAGE FROM EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT BC RE: UPDATED DFA NOTIFICATION

Flooding in various areas of the Columbia and Kootenay Regional Districts from  March 5 to April 10, 2017 has caused property and content damages. As a result of the damages sustained from this event, provincial Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) has been authorized for qualifying claimants, such as home owners, residential tenants, small business owners, farmers, charitable organizations and local government bodies, who were unable to obtain insurance to cover these disaster-related losses.


Disaster Financial Assistance has been authorized for:
• Regional District of East Kootenay (including all electoral areas and municipalities within the RDEK)
• Regional District of Central Kootenay (including all electoral areas and municipalities within the RDCK)
• Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (including the electoral area A and municipalities within area A)
• Columbia Shuswap Regional District (including all electoral areas and municipalities within the CSRD)
Advertisements may be placed throughout the various impacted areas in local newspapers to notify people of this opportunity for financial assistance.  As your community is situated in an area that may have experienced damages from this event, we request your assistance in acting as a distribution point for the application form.  All applicants should first check with their insurance agent to determine if their current insurance policy provides coverage for the resulting damage. As part of the DFA qualification process, the applicant’s insurer will be asked to provide a letter indicating that the applicant could not have purchased insurance to cover these disaster-related losses.

Information about Disaster Financial Assistance is available on the DFA web site at http://www.gov.bc.ca/disasterfinancialassistance.  There you will find the DFA Application Form, ‘Disaster Financial Assistance Guidelines for Private Sector’, information bulletins about DFA and insurance and ‘One Step at a time – A Guide to Disaster Recovery’.

Should you wish to also provide information directly to your residents, attached is a short Q&A with basic program information.

Although we encourage people to submit their application to us as soon as possible so that we can have the damage assessment completed promptly, the deadline for EMBC to receive this form is July 9, 2017.  Your office may wish to assist residents by e-mailing or faxing the completed application to this office (e-mail: DFA@gov.bc.ca; fax: 250-952-5542).  As applications are received in this office, EMBC will confirm eligibility and contracted evaluators will contact eligible applicants to explain the DFA program requirements and schedule an onsite visit.



Cranbrook, BC (March 29, 2017) – Following the flooding across the region mid-March, Emergency Management BC (EMBC) has authorized disaster financial assistance (DFA) for those affected right across the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) including the City of Cranbrook, as a result of the damages.

Those who may qualify for this assistance include: home owners, residential tenants, small business owners, farmers, charitable organizations and local government bodies, who were unable to obtain insurance to cover these disaster-related losses.

 All applicants should first check with their insurance agent to determine if their current insurance policy provides coverage for the resulting damage. As part of the DFA qualification process, the applicant’s insurer will be asked to provide a letter indicating that the applicant could not have purchased insurance to cover these disaster-related losses.

Information about Disaster Financial Assistance is available on the DFA web site at http://www.gov.bc.ca/disasterfinancialassistance.  There you will find the DFA Application Form, ‘Disaster Financial Assistance Guidelines for Private Sector’, information bulletins about DFA and insurance and ‘One Step at a time – A Guide to Disaster Recovery’. 

Application forms are available through RDEK offices in both Cranbrook and the Columbia Valley as well.  Cranbrook residents can pick up application forms and information fact sheets at Cranbrook City Hall or download them from the City’s website.

DFA Key Information Sheet
Business Assistance Application
Homeowner Assistance Application

Applications are encouraged to be submitted as soon as possible.  The deadline for EMBC to receive this form is June 25, 2017. As applications are received in this office, EMBC will confirm eligibility and contracted evaluators will contact eligible applicants to explain the DFA program requirements and schedule an onsite visit.

It is vitally important for those who suffered flood damage and may not be insured to make application for this funding in order to ensure your home or property are properly dried out and repaired.  The risk for black mold is extremely high and if it is allowed to take hold, it can quickly grow and can cause serious health issues.

The City of Cranbrook and the RDEK thank the Province for understanding the severity of this flooding and for stepping forward to help our residents and business owners deal with the clean-up and repairs.

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